19 September 2013

Listen to Sandy's last interview


Karl Dallas has made available his 1977 interview with Sandy, believed to be her last ever. She talks about going back on the road for what would be her final tour, motherhood and her daughter Georgia, (who can even be heard in the background) and her plans for the future. Listen here


11 September 2013

I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny by Mick Houghton


I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first British female singer songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy Denny laid down the marker for folk rock singing when she joined Fairport Convention in 1968 but her music went beyond folk during the 70s, first with Fotheringay, a historic one-off recording with Led Zeppelin, and over the course of four solo albums before her tragic death in 1978. She emerged from the folk scene of the 60s, a world of larger than life characters such as Alex Campbell, Jackson C Frank and Anne Briggs and Australian singer Trevor Lucas whom she married in 1973. Their story is at the core of Sandy’s later life and work, told with the assistance of more than sixty of her friends, fellow musicians and contemporaries’, one of whom, to paraphrase Paul McCartney speaking about John Lennon, observed that she sang like an angel but was no angel.

Mick Houghton began writing about music during the ‘70s, for such publications as Circus, Zigzag, Let It Rock, Sounds and Time Out before stumbling into a job as a PR at Warner Bros. in 1979. Within a year he had set up the independent Brassneck Publicity where he’s looked after an extraordinary array of people ever since. Over the years he’s been closely associated with Echo & The Bunnymen, Julian Cope, The Undertones, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, The KLF, Spiritualized, Bert Jansch and Richard Thompson. He began writing again in 2001, first for Mojo and later for Uncut. As one of the Grammy nominated compilers/producers of the boxed set Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra, 1963 to 1973, he went on to write Becoming Elektra: The True Story of Jac Holzman’s Visionary Record Label, published in 2010.